Age distribution provides a possible insight into the economic contribution that Latinos are likely to make in the state. Latinos (37.3 percent) had greater proportions of their population under the age of 18, compared to non-Latino whites (23.2 percent). This suggests that in the short term Latinos are likely to impose relatively higher fiscal costs, similar to other minority groups; but in the medium and long terms, they are likely to begin working, paying taxes, and supporting the retiring non-Latino white population in the state. In contrast, Latinos had significantly lower percentages of their population who were age 65 and above (4.2 percent) than did non-Latino whites (14.7 percent). These percentages suggest that Latinos should not be incurring costs for elderly care, costs which the state needs to address in the short term.
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